Flight Instructor Salary

The average pay for a Flight Instructor is $69,423 per year. Experience strongly influences income for this job.

$30,916 - $107,496
(Median)
$31K
$69K
$110K
MEDIAN: $69,422
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$14.94 - $49.82
(Median)
$15
$20
$50
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$30,916 - $107,496  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,040  
Total Pay (?
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$31,121 - $106,752  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 128
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$14.94 - $49.82  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $125.84  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,040  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$31,121 - $106,752  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 56
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Job Description for Flight Instructor

A flight instructor is a person who helps educate and instruct individuals in the safe operation of aircraft. The flight instructor will begin working with students by teaching ground safety rules and flight basics. The flight instructor will then typically advance students through a training process that involves an understanding of flight conditions, cockpit instrumentation, take-offs, landings, and flying solo.

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Flight Instructor Tasks

  • Document and evaluate student progress.
  • Follow course schedules and syllabi.
  • Train students in aircraft handling in compliance with FAA safety and instructor requirements.

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Pay by Experience Level for Flight Instructor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Flight Instructor Reviews

What is it like working as a Flight Instructor?

Flight Instructor in Las Vegas:
"Never working."
Pros: Most fun job anyone could ask for. Variety is the key to happiness in this job. Teach a wide variety of skill levels and topics.
Cons: Pay can be minimal, non regular paychecks can be a frustration at times. Stressful at times, mentally draining. Alertness is life insurance.

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Experience Affects Flight Instructor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 69%

Experienced
up arrow 33%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$59,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 33%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 23%
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